Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Easy Bacon Burgers with Seasoned Pan Fries

I love making this meal because of how fast and easy it is to put together. I find that I can get this meal done in about a half hour.  It definitely is one of those meals that cuts my time in the kitchen.

How does the meal get done in a half hour?

  • burgers already prepped to use coming out of the freezer. 
  • pre-made diced potatoes
  • baking the bacon either on the grill or oven. 

Prepped Burgers

When I buy my ground beef in bulk, I take the time to make up raw burger patties and stick them in the freezer with wax paper separating each patty then sticking them in a freezer bag.  Doing this helps cut my  meal preparation along with having quick meals ready to roll out of the freezer for those busy summer days.  I usually will pull them out of the freezer at lunch time so that by dinner time they are thawed enough to separate to go on the grill.  For dinner, I just grill them while fixing the rest of the dinner.

Pre-made Diced Potatoes

I have tried to do diced potatoes for the freezer but have not come up with a good way to do them where the texture doesn't change too much of the potatoes.  So if I am making the diced potatoes from whole potatoes I work on peeling and dicing potatoes around the lunch hour and then letting them soak in salt water until I use them for dinner.

If I want to make things very quick then I will just pull out a bag or two of Southern style hash brown potatoes from the freezer that I have bought from the store on sale.

To cook either the fresh or frozen way: I put 2-3 tbsps olive oil and 4 tbsps margarine in the skillet before placing the potatoes in the skillet.  Once the margarine is melted and sizzling a bit I pour the potatoes in(drain the water off the fresh first before cooking).   As the potatoes cook, I just shake in some seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Sorry I don't have measurements for those spices, I just shake in to our tastes.

Cooking Bacon

A couple of years ago, I underwent a change in my kitchen on how I cooked bacon for the family.  I had always fried the bacon in a skillet but I was tired of how long it took to cook a pound of bacon. I did an experiment for one meal where I did fried and baked bacon to see what the family would say about the baked bacon.  The results of the experiment was baked bacon was the way to go!  Now I just bake the bacon along with the rest of the meal. Stick the bacon on a jelly roll style pan and place in the oven at 400°. It usually takes about 15-20 minutes for the bacon to cook completely.

If you do not want to heat up the kitchen you can do the same thing on your grill as what you do for cooking the bacon in the oven.  I do not have a pan for the bacon to go on my grill so I just put some foil down on the grill grates and cook the bacon.   I use a gas grill so I make sure that side of the grill is on low while the burgers cook on the side.   I definitely watch the grill very closely while the bacon is cooking.

Once everything is cooked it is ready to fix your burgers!  I love mine topped with lettuce and mayonnaise and if I have fresh tomatoes I will slice one to put a couple of slices on the burger.

I love putting together this meal in the summertime because it is fast and easy and very filling.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Meijer Deals 7/10-7/16

Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also do not forget to check the two pages of Mealbox coupons for more coupons and use my coupon link in my sidebar. 

This week it is Meijer brand and Pet week!  There are many Meijer brand products 10 for $10 get 11th item free, check ad for details!

Promotion: Clorox Cleaning Products ...
**Buy $10 or More in Clorox Cleaning Products Get One Package of Gladware Containers FREE! limit one offer per transaction.

Clorox Formula 409 Cleaner Spray 32oz; Clorox Sanitizing Spray 22oz; Clorox Disinfecting Wipes 35ct 2/$5
$1/2 Mealbox cpn for sprays and wipes

Pine-Sol Pourable Cleanser; Tilex Spray Cleaner 32oz 2/$6
$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn

Promotion: Kelloggs, Keebler, Sunshine, Eggo / Fruit of the Loom Deal ...
**Buy $10 of Kelloggs, Keebler, Sunshine, or Eggo Products, Get $10 Off 3 Packages of Fruit of the Loom Basics Instantly. Limit one offer per transaction.

Fruit of the Loom Basics Men's, Women's, Boys' or Girls' Basics, Includes Bonus Packs $3.99 to $13.49

Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies 8.5-11oz $2
75/2 Mealbox cpn
$1/2 cpn

Sunshine Cheez-It 7.5-8oz $2

Promotion: Meijer Brand Confidence Items ...
**Buy One National Brand Item, We'll Give you the Meijer Brand item for FREE!

Buy One 12Pk/12oz cans Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mt Dew, 7-Up, A&W or Sunkist (sale price $3.34)
Get One 2 Liter Bottle Meijer Soda FREE! (regular price 88¢)

Buy One Mott's Apple Juice, Mott's For Kids, or Mott's Plus 64oz bottles (regular price $2.66),
Get One Meijer Apple Juice 64oz bottle FREE! (regular price $2.69)

Buy One Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese 8oz brick original or 1/3 less fat (regular price $2.29),
Get One Meijer Cream Cheese 8oz brick FREE! (regular price $1.97)

Buy One Frito Sun Chips 10.5oz or Baked Lay's 9-10oz (regular price $3.79),
Get One Meijer Whole Grain Delights 10.5oz or Baked Potato Crisps 9oz FREE! (regular price $2.99)


Meijer High Performance 2X Liquid Laundry, 50 oz. Assorted varieties. ~~ Buy One, Get One FREE!

Meijer Vitamins and Supplements ~~ Buy One, Get One identical item FREE!

Meijer Manual Toothbrush, 1-4 ct., Floss 40-100 yd., Flossers 30-90 ct. or Mouthwash 1.5L ~~ Buy One, Get One identical item FREE!

Meijer Naproxen, 100 ct. Caplets or tablets ~~ Buy One, Get One FREE!

Bic Flex 3, 4 ct $4.74
$3/1 cpn 06-05 S

Disney Vitamins or Supplements ~~ Buy One, Get One identical item FREE!
$1/1 cpn 06-05 RP(expires 7/15)

Bic Hybrid Advance Men's Razor, 6ct $4.74
$3/1 cpn 06-05 S

Ester C Vitamins or Supplements ~~ Buy One, Get One identical item FREE!
$2/1 cpn 06-12 RP

Pedigree Dog Food, 22oz can 5/$5
B1G1 cpn 06-19 RP

Purina Beggin' Strips, Busy Bone Dental, 5-6 oz. or Tiny T-Bone 10 oz 2/$5
$4/4 or $1.50/2 cpns 06-26 S

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits, Flavor Snacks, Healthy Favorites or Essentials Plus, 16-26 oz 2/$5
$1.50/2 cpn 06-26 RP

Loreal Facial Cleansing or Moisturizing ~~ $2 off
$1/1 cpn 07-10 RP

Natures Bounty Vitamins or Supplements ~~ Buy One, Get One identical item FREE!
$1/1 cpn 07-10 RP

Flexamin Vitamins or Supplements ~~ Buy One, Get One identical item FREE!
$3/1 cpn 07-10 RP

Bic Soleil Bella 4-Blade, 3ct $4.74
$3/1 cpn 07-10 S
$2/1 cpn


Meijer Gallon Milk, all varieties, Excluding chocolate and Meijer Organics 2/$5

California Strawberries, 1lb or Raspberries, 6oz 2/$3

Basha Hommus 8oz ~~ 50% off

Angus Beef Ground Beef from Round, $2.49/lb

Meijer Chunk or Shredded Cheese, 5-8 oz. All varieties $1.88

Salmon Fillets: Fresh Wild Caught Alaskan Copper River Sockeye, $9.99/lb (1/2 price!)

Meijer Ice Cream, 1.75 qt., Frozen Yogurt 1.5 qt. or Sherbet 64 oz. 4/$10

Margaritaville Dip or Chips, 8-16 oz. pkg. All varieties ~~ 50% off

California Premium Peaches, White Flesh Peaches or Nectarines, Midnight Moon, Sunrise Red, Starless Ruby or Golden Meadow Plums 77¢/lb

Marzetti Organics Salad Dressing 12 oz. Assorted varieties 2/$5
50/1 cpn 04-03 S

Hormel Turkey or Regular Sliced Pepperoni, 4-8 oz. pkg. All varieties 2/$6
35/1 cpn 05-08 S(expires 7/11)
75/2 Mealbox cpn

Emerald Walnuts or Almonds 9-11 oz. canister. Select varieties 2/$7
$1/1 cpn 06-19 RP
$1/2 Mealbox cpn

Kraft Salad Dressing, 14-16 oz. bottle 3/$5
**Buy Any Three or More Get $2 off Fresh Produce Instantly
$1/2 cpn 06-19 S

Kraft Jello Refrigerated Snacks: Pudding, Gelatin or Mousse, 6 pk./2.3-4 oz. cups or Temptations 3 pk./3 oz. cups. All varieties 2/$5
55/1 cpn 06-19 S

***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here.  IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering

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